Back in September, Point Blank hosted a fantastic live set from Look Mum No Computer. It was so impressive they asked him to come back and give an introduction to DIY modular synthesis. He’s so infectiously enthusiastic that we defy you to watch this and not be more than a little intrigued. Watch the madcap genius at work below.
In the video, the man also known as Sam Battle gives a short lesson in the history of synthesisers, before diving into his homemade set-up. Homemade oscillators, filters, envelope generators and analogue drums are demonstrated, while he teaches what effect things like resonance, waveform shape and voltage have on the sounds that can be made. We also learn that you shouldn’t put an eight-volt current through your tongue. After making an entire track on the fly, LMNC finishes up by talking through how he built everything, and how the unit being used will set you back a lot less than you might imagine.
For more demonstrations, live sets and masterclasses, check out Point Blank’s YouTube channel. If you’d like to learn more about synthesis, their sound design modules cover all the bases. Their BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering is one of the most comprehensive of its kind, and includes modules on live performance as well as synthesis. There’s also an emphasis on how to make your way through the music industry, and there’s even an online alternative. Check out more courses Online and in London, LA, Ibiza and Mumbai.